Messi hits out at critics
Argentina captain Lionel Messi has hit out at critics of his national form, also explaining why he doesn’t sing the country’s anthem before matches.
The Barcelona forward has won many trophies at club level, but has only major success for his country, and in a recent interview, spoke aggressively against his critics.
“I get annoyed when they tell us put in more effort, you don’t feel the shirt. We were lucky enough to get to the final of the World Cup and the Copa America and it seems like we didn’t do anything. We got to two finals, for f–k’s sake
“We didn’t win, what can you do, but we got to the final, we didn’t lose in the last-16.
“Football is not just about effort. We had bad times in the national team for what we experienced. We lost the final of the World Cup against Germany who have great players and we had great chances to win it. With Chile it was the same and we lost on penalties.
“I get annoyed by the people who attack you without thinking. I won’t sing the national anthem on purpose. I don’t need to sing it to feel it.
“It reaches me, every person feels it in their own way. The Pumas cry, they feel it differently and that’s ok.”